Posted by: Kingsguru21 | January 23, 2010

Kings get whooped by the Heat: 115-84

Every year, I hope for a win in Miami. The loss tonight puts the Kings a shimmering 3-18 in Miami since the Kings first played in Miami in 1989. So, yeah. (At least the Magic beat the Bobcats in OT. That takes some of the luster off tonight’s loss for me personally.)

Here is the BoxScore. 4 Factors:

Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr
Sacramento 89.0 94.4 45.2% 24.7 23.1 14.6
Miami 129.2 60.3% 26.9 31.4 11.2

I’m not going to waste time rationalizing another crappy loss. What’s the point? This team simply overachieved by quite a good margin during the first 2 months of the season, and all of that has simply caught up to them. That’s the simple version. The complicated version is a lot longer, and I don’t want to write that right now. Maybe tomorrow; maybe not. The next game is on Tuesday vs Golden State, and I’m so glad the Kings dont have a game until then. They need that time off. Whatever went wrong on this 6 game road trip went real badly for this team. They haven’t recovered yet. And that happens with young teams. Of which the Kings definitely are.

As to the basketball reasons? Well, it’s pretty simple. The Heat were hot tonight, and the Kings didn’t seem to offer them much resistance tonight. When they did offer resistance, Miami hit their shots anyway. It was that kind of night for the Kings all night. Miami’s quickness and athleticism bothers the Kings, and the fact that the Kings are not playing cohesively didn’t help matters.

So, that’s pretty much it. I have nothing to say positive about this team other than they are young, and this happens. That’s how poorly they played throughout this road trip (2nd half in Charlotte not withstanding). Maybe that’s the answer: Me not watching.

With young teams, even with teams that win 32 games, you still have the 50 losses. The way the Kings are playing right now, 50 losses doesn’t seem not only imminent; it’s a wonder if the Kings could even muster 20 wins.

My belief, though, is that the schedule will lighten up (the Kings have had a brutal January), and some confidence will be restored for this group. That’s all you can really ask. So, if you’re patient, and can live with some ugly losses here or there, you’ll be okay. If you can’t, rebuilding is not for you. At the end of the day, it’s just that simple.

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